The Québec City Convention Centre Earns Biosphere Certification

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In December 2023, the Québec City Convention Centre became the first convention centre in North America to obtain Biosphere sustainable certification, having completed 54 actions and 156 activities outlined in the Guide to Sustainable Tourism

The Convention Centre already holds LEED® Canada-CI (gold level), LEED® BE (silver level) and BOMA BEST (level 3) certifications, affirming its commitment to sustainability. Since its opening, the Centre has multiplied concrete actions and innovations to minimize the impact of its activities on the environment while maximizing its economic and social contributions. Examples include a waste sorting system (since 2001), a turnkey program for organizing 100% eco-friendly events (since 2007), redistribution of surplus food to charitable organizations, and the use of home automation and energy-efficient lighting.

Icons representing the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Developed by the Responsible Tourism Institute, Biosphere is an international sustainability certification, globally recognized by UNESCO and the UNWTO (World Tourism Organization). Since 2017, designated as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, this system has been recognized as the best certification tool for sustainability, aligning practices of destinations and businesses with the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Biosphere-certified entities are assessed based on their contribution to each of the SDGs.

“The attainment of Biosphere certification, a globally recognized seal, symbolizes the Québec City Convention Centre’s commitment to sustainability on a global scale. We are proud to confirm our status once again as a leader in sustainable development and our proactivity in the field,” said Mr. Pierre-Michel Bouchard, President and CEO of the Québec City Convention Centre.

About Biosphere

Biosphere offers internationally recognized certification and operates in over 77 countries. Its network includes more than 55 destinations worldwide and comprises over 4,000 member businesses from various sectors, including hotels, restaurants, retail, media, and many others.

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